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August 13, 2010 10:35 PM
I have been eating around 1800 calories a day and not doing much exercise, will I still lose? cause the scale isnt moving sad but its not a digital scale so idk but it looks like its been staying on the same now for 2 weeks and I havent been doing this long so i should be losing. I try to walk about 20-30 min a day and thats it for exercise right now cause im always fatigued and tired and I have been tested for everything and im fine. another thing is im not going to the bathroom everyday which is not good so i been trying to increase my fiber.
August 13, 2010 10:57 PM
You could, if you're big (like, tall as opposed to overweight) or if you have a lot of muscle mass. I'm not really tall or very muscular, and my *maintainance* calorie goal is 1800... so chances are that if you're not exercising and eating 1800 a day, it'll be tough for you to lose relatively quickly, if at all.

You don't necessarily have to starve to eat below 1800... I find 1800 is sometimes too much to shoot for if I have a big salad for lunch and lots of veggies at dinner--so you're getting lots of nutrients and fiber without tons of calories. When I was actively losing weight, my goal was 1390 per day, and it was very livable for me. Paired with workouts (which supress hunger), the weight came off relatively quickly.

As for the exercise, I realize that it can be painful to battle fatigue, but a lot of people say that upping their exercise gives them more energy. You don't need to go crazy, but try walking for a little longer each day, maybe 5 extra minutes, and work your way up to a workout that may or may not include higher intensity cardio and strength training. Baby steps is the way to go!

Hang in there!
  123824
August 13, 2010 11:05 PM
I am the first to say I don't know but mfp tells me to eat about 2000 cals but im over 300 lbs, I've been eating between 1200-1500 cal and I'm starting to really lose. The only way I stay this low and is satisifed is by using Meal Replacement Shakes for a few of my meals because I have noticed that as long as I feel satisified not necessarily full I'm good. I drink the EAS Advantedge Carb Control Shakes which are 110 cals 17g protein. I put benefiber packets in one of mine a day and it gives me energy. I do go to the gym and spin which burns tons of calories. That really jumpstarted my weightloss along with the shakes because I'm actually getting nutrition now the way I was eating I was not. I am a very picky eater now I eat salads and juice on days I do not want to eat a vegetable. The liquid nutrition gets in your system faster so that is why it is said a liquid diet works pretty good but I eat meals with mine not just liquid only. I am basically training myself to re-learn how to eat and when enough is enough. You can check out my youtube channel because I have done a couple of 7 day challenges just to try different things if you would like.

http://www.youtube.com/user/budgetqueen79
August 13, 2010 11:06 PM
thank you! yes I think I need to lower my calories they tell me to eat 1300 on here but if i work out I get more calories. do people use them?
also I been eating 1800 cause my mother in law bought us food and the house is filled with junk food and I have no job or anything to go out and buy any healthy food right now. I need to wait until we are out of food here. and trust me Im not making excuses cause i really want to eat better. it's been hard trying to count calories eating not so healthy meals cause im hungry cause they are high in calories that u cant eat much of it. it's frustrating!
August 13, 2010 11:07 PM
awesome I will sub! i Also have a channel!
youtube.com/nightgangl7
August 13, 2010 11:26 PM
I subbed to you! Your channel is so jazzy! LOVE IT! What I also do is check out the recipes from some of the lap band community. They always turn out great and they do it without alot of carbs. ANuMe1109 and bandedwendy are some great channels to watch and have great low cal recipes. I watch food hauls to see what other people are eating also and I take notes to see if its anything I might like. I am having an affair with Mrs. Dash. LOL!
August 13, 2010 11:29 PM
Without exercise, 1800 is going to have you maintaining your weight.
August 13, 2010 11:32 PM
1800 is too much for weight loss if a 30 minute walk is your only exercise.... most especially if many of those calories are sugar and sodium laden. As far as using the restroom, the average person goes 2x a day to once every 3 days, so if you're in that range and haven't changed recently, you're probably ok.
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August 13, 2010 11:42 PM
no I go 1x every 2 days! it's bad .. and i guess i'm going to have to work out more and eat less . thanks guys!
August 14, 2010 12:19 AM
You can change you reating habits, you need to have one really low meal (say homemade veg soup) and then your main meal can be a bit higher in cals.
Losing weight isnt easy - I would say 1800 cals is quite high to lose weight without exercising really.
So fill up on veg, avoid tropical fruits as they are high in sugar, have banana and apple maybe, add veg and protein, not too many carbs.
If you cant walk further than for 30 minutes, build up 5 mins extra a day and you will soon be getting there, just keep moving. If you have a bike use it,
It took you a long time to get this way so dont expect a miracle cure, you have to make changes, positive changes for your own wellbeing. You will be happier when you feel less tired.
I would watch things like cups of milky coffee and tea, soda. Drink water and herb teas, black coffee, watch the booze too. These all add calories and you dont need them. Weigh your food for a while so you see how much you can really have, dont guess!

You can do it, YES YOU CAN!
Good for you for being on here, great!
August 14, 2010 1:40 AM
I wish I could of found the youtube video of a trainer talking about calories. He says hes seen it time and time again. Several people all eating the same amount of calories in a day, the majority who did well ate the 1900 calories healthy. The ones that generally didnt lose weight ate the same amount of calories but didnt lose weight because they were eating bad. Calories are not the last word in weight loss by a long stretch. It is hard for me to eat healthy even a good portion of the time. I used to be able to crush a 12 pack of coke in a day now I do that in a month.

Depending on what your cravings are make allowances for them. My wife has a weakness for chocolate so we bought her the 90 calories choclate fudge bars. I like sugar drinks so we have light apple juice stocked in our fridge.
Adjust accordingly for you.
  1361740
August 14, 2010 2:17 AM
I'm 46 years old, 6 foot tall, male, and I was 300 lbs, I'm now 270 pounds.

The MFP calorie goal is 1910, I rarely eat that much, I was down to 1500 calories a day, but I stopped losing weight, I know have to make sure I add a few snacks so I can eat the 1910 calories, but honestly it is usally more like 1800 calories.

So depending on how tall you are, and how active you are, yes, you can lose weight on 1800 calories a day, or better said, "I have" lost weight, 30 pounds in 9 weeks, on about 1800 calories a day.

Have you used the BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) calculator under the tools tab at the top of the page?

That is how I came at my 1910 calorie figure, seems to be working for me bigsmile
  1288499
August 14, 2010 2:29 AM
To OP I weigh roughly the same as you but I am taller. I do very little exercise because of health problems but I do try to do a little each day and my doctor has told me not to increase it by more than 10% a week, so it will be a long long time before I am up to the kind of exercise that most people on this site do but I will get there eventually.

I have found that if I eat 1200 calories a day I dont lose weight and sometimes gain (my BMR is 1757). If I have 1500 calories a day I lose every week. 1200 is obviously too little for me at the moment, you need to find what is the right level for you.
Edited by akaDumbo On August 14, 2010 2:32 AM
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August 14, 2010 3:45 AM
To answer generally, yes you can. Calories are generally the best indicator of what will be lost, but there are other factors too. 1800 isn't terribly unreal, if you expend 2300 calories a day on your exercise (that you entered as your goal) and regulating your bodily functions (calculated based on height, weight and age), you should lose 1 pound a week.

There are a few things you can do to figure out what is going on.

First of all, make sure to measure your portions and really work on validating everything you put in your diary - we all know that it's easy to find something similar and pop it in or guess at the size of the pork chop on the plate. Especially when you've been doing this a while - our gauge sometimes slips. Also, if you haven't already done so, add extra nutrient registers to your diary. Sodium over 2500mg/day will cause water retention and hinder weight loss. If your body chemistry has issues with sugar, that will cause problems with weight loss. If you can get everything back in line with where it should be, you should see where it is for goals.

Secondly, you can either get a HRM or during your workout, take your pulse 3 times and use the average to start to calculate the estimated burn - you only need to do this for a short while until you find a tool that you trust online - sometimes, depending on the person, the estimates given in MFP are a little on the high side. If you don't want to eat back all of your exercise calories, that's fine, but I'd try and make sure that with 1300 allowed, you try and get some of them back in. And vary it up - once our body gets used to something, it likes to adjust. So eat them one day, don't the next.

If I had to guess, I would guess that walking a few times a week is not giving you 600 exercise calories back a day (since your food allowance is 300). From what I see 30 minutes of walking would give you between 200-350 depending on your weight and the speed as an estimate (not including HR). That means that at 1800 calories, you are over-consuming. If you cut it back to about 1450-1650 you should start to see a weight loss.
Edited by fitterpam On August 14, 2010 3:48 AM
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August 14, 2010 6:18 AM
Healthy eating is very expensive especially if you choose organic as well. It's also difficult when you have children as they have lot's of goodies around to tempt you and when they leave food you can't see it going to waste because it's too expensive.

I have given it some thought and I think the most cost effective way would be to buy dried pulses, lentils, beans etc. if you can eat them. If you could stomach tomatos (I know you arn't keen on veggies) you can make some tasty meals. The children would benefit and plenty of fibre too. Wholemeal pasta is quite cheap in the UK and jacket potatoes.

You could lose slowly on 1800 but you would have to put some good exercise in. I think the exercise count on here is way too high and I chip into my exercise calories for a glass of wine but I certainly don't use them all because I don't think I've burned them off.
August 14, 2010 6:54 AM
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Healthy eating is very expensive especially if you choose organic as well. It's also difficult when you have children as they have lot's of goodies around to tempt you and when they leave food you can't see it going to waste because it's too expensive.




I see this all the time, people have goodies around for the kids which they snack on. But why are we teaching the children to enjoy those types of snacks. We should be having them learn to eat healthy at a early age so hopefully they won't be members of a board like this as adults.
  789528
August 14, 2010 9:12 AM
Yes you can. It all depends on your weight/age, your metabolic rate, and your activity level. The types of food you eat may help you stick to your goals, if they're filling and nutritious, as well.
August 14, 2010 9:14 AM
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I have been eating around 1800 calories a day and not doing much exercise, will I still lose? cause the scale isnt moving sad but its not a digital scale so idk but it looks like its been staying on the same now for 2 weeks and I havent been doing this long so i should be losing. I try to walk about 20-30 min a day and thats it for exercise right now cause im always fatigued and tired and I have been tested for everything and im fine. another thing is im not going to the bathroom everyday which is not good so i been trying to increase my fiber.


I don't know why people are saying that you can't lose on 1800 a day. What's your BMR? Mine is 2072.5, if I eat less than that I will lose weight (mathematically speaking). Here is a good website I just found. http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/
There's a link to a daily calorie needs calculator too. If you're sedentary it says to multiply your BMR by 1.2 so my daily calorie needs are 2695 to maintain my weight. If I want to lose than I eat less than that (which I do). So depending on your BMR you could definitely eat 1800 calories a day and still lose weight. Well I could. You just would be losing it more slowly than if you only ate 1200 calories.

Experiment with it and see if you lose. Everyone is different.
Edited by HealthyKt78 On August 14, 2010 9:34 AM
August 14, 2010 8:48 PM
hey yes i just did it my (Basal Metabolic Rate) is 1840
August 14, 2010 8:56 PM
You CAN eat less and still feel full. I thought I was blowing it today because I had a brownie for lunch. The really good kind. But overall, I still ate less than 800 calories and did plenty of excercise, and I'm not even hungry this late at night. I think it may have been the oatmeal I had for breakfast. Whole, long-cooking oats... NOT quick or instant oats. My granny always said oatmeal "sticks to your ribs" for a while, meaning you won't feel hungry. I guess she may be right.
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August 14, 2010 10:05 PM
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hey yes i just did it my (Basal Metabolic Rate) is 1840


Well than the answer to your question is technically yes. You can eat 1800 calories and still lose weight. It would just be really really REALLY slowly. And of course once you lose weight your BMR would decrease because you wouldn't need as many calories because you would have less body mass. So you couldn't do it forever but for a little bit I see no problem with it. You might want to try 1600-1700 though so you would lose a little faster.
August 14, 2010 10:08 PM
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You CAN eat less and still feel full. I thought I was blowing it today because I had a brownie for lunch. The really good kind. But overall, I still ate less than 800 calories and did plenty of excercise, and I'm not even hungry this late at night. I think it may have been the oatmeal I had for breakfast. Whole, long-cooking oats... NOT quick or instant oats. My granny always said oatmeal "sticks to your ribs" for a while, meaning you won't feel hungry. I guess she may be right.


You only ate 800 calories AND you exercised?!? Please tell me that's a typo. Assuming you burnt more than 300 calories exercising that means you only had less than 500 calories today.
August 15, 2010 1:24 AM
everybodies body is different, i know that i, myself,can lose weight eating 1800 cals a day, but my bmr is 2000 and when i want to be im really active ( i go through extremes, either crazy exercise or couch potato)

i have the food addiction equivalent of smoking 20 packs a day, so just staying under 2000 is hard for me
August 15, 2010 3:07 AM
A book I have here, by a top dietician, works out that your BMR based on your profile with your 10lb loss is 2087 cals per day. Your energy requirement for the day is - Sedentary 3130, Active 3548, Very Active 3965.

Say you are active you need 3548 per day. Your body alone needs 2087 just to function.
If you eat 1800 per day your body will be short of 1748 calories so your body should look towards getting its cals from elswhere i.e fat. (muscle as well if you do it too quickly)

Each pound of fat is equal to approx 3500 cals.

The answer is yes, you can lose on 1800, but when your weight lowers your BMR lowers too so you will have to recalculate.
August 15, 2010 5:13 AM
Here it is in table form

ENERGY OUTGOINGS PER DAY

Energy used being alive 2087
Energy used in going about
evryday tasks 800
Exercise per day - say 100

TOTAL 2987


ENERGY INCOME PER DAY

Food consumed 1800


POTENTIAL FAT LOSS 1187 cals which is equal to one third (ish) of a pound.
Edited by pickledlilly On August 15, 2010 5:14 AM

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